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Around the Miami Valley, Education
12:26 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Some Miami Valley School Districts Improve, Others Fall

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DAYTON, Ohio- Although the majority of the 40 school districts maintained their state report card ratings, 13 districts improved.

Among the Miami Valley school districts that improved for the 2010-11 school year were Beavercreek, Centerville, Dayton, Miamisburg, Northridge, Springboro and West Carrollton. Three districts - Kettering, Lebanon, and Newton - slipped in rating from “Excellent with Distinction” to “Excellent.”

Around the Miami Valley, Politics
12:19 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Montgomery County Officials Make Plea for 3rd District

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Montgomery County are asking Gov. John Kasich to leave the 3rd Congressional District intact during the redistricting process.

Montgomery County commissioners are concerned that any further reductions of the district would negatively affect the city of Dayton and surrounding county. According to the Dayton Daily News, the commissioners believe the county would best be served by one member of Congress who could fully focus on the community and its issues.

In the 2001 redistricting, the 3rd District lost 22 percent of itself to the 8th District.

Around the Miami Valley
8:28 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Cincinnati Family finds Python in Backyard

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - A Cincinnati family suspected a snake was nearby when their dogs found large amounts of shed snakeskin in their backyard. But they didn't expect it to be a 14-foot, 120-pound reticulated python.

Nathaniel Allbright and his father, Alfred, tell The Cincinnati Enquirer one of their dogs found the snake Wednesday under a tarp.

Nathaniel Allbright says he fashioned a noose out of pipe and rope to transfer the snake into a trash can.

Around the Miami Valley, Arts & Culture
8:22 am
Thu August 18, 2011

McCartney Show in Cincinnati makes $151k for County

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - Paul McCartney's recent performance at the Cincinnati Reds' ballpark was music to the ears of county officials, because the event made about $151,000.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it learned through a public records request that the proceeds for Hamilton County included about $36,500 from parking and $50,000 from renting out Great American Ball Park for the Aug. 4 concert.

The county and its taxpayers own the stadium. McCartney's show was the first full-fledged concert held there since it opened in 2003.

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Statewide News
8:18 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Toledo Beats Other Ohio Metro Housing Markets

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A trade group reports Toledo showed the most improvement among the state's six biggest housing markets during July.

The National Association of Realtors says Toledo had a higher increase in home prices, a bigger drop in homes on the market and a shorter average sale time than Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton.

Toledo Board of Realtors President Ed Sitter tells The Blade the report confirms "positive signs," including agents saying some homes are drawing multiple offers.

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